Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 10/25/2018 5:41 AM

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Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick or tap here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Wednesday, October 24th.
Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network - analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
Feeder Cattle Recap:  
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
    Thursday,  October 25, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to check-in with the National FFA Officer Team's Central Region Vice President Piper Merritt, who hails originally from the Owasso FFA Chapter in Oklahoma. Prior to the kick off of the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, she talked about her experience this past year as a National Officer and how she plans to close this chapter of her career in the FFA.

For Merritt, the past year spent serving FFA members, the organization and the ag industry has been one the great joys of her life. She says that the agriculture industry is at a pivotal moment when the has an opportunity to connect and engage with the consumer better than ever before to share with them how business is done behind the scenes in order to feed and clothe them and their families, remarking "I think our organization can continue to aid that process."

Merritt plans to leave members with a personal message this week. She'll have the chance to do that and speak directly to them all during her retiring address later this week. According to her, the message she will share actually stemmed from a conversation we had with her earlier this year during an interview after she had won National Office. We had asked Merritt at that time the one thing she hoped to accomplish in office, to which she responded that her goal would be to learn something from everyone she came into contact with during the course of the year. Her retiring address entitled, "Forever Learner," distills that notion for members and encourages them to follow that example.

"Every single one of us has the ability to learn from every single person we impact and encounter," she said. "But, it's going to take a few things from us on our behalf to be forever learners. So, hopefully I can help guide some members through that process."

You can listen to our complete conversation by clicking or tapping over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website.

As we bring you coverage from Indy this week, be sure to keep in mind that we will be updating our FLICKR account with pictures of those student competitors from Oklahoma at convention that you won't find anywhere else. Check it out throughout the week, here.

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A recent outbreak of the highly infectious African Swine Fever in 10 Chinese provinces is presenting major challenges for the country that is not only the world's largest producer but also consumer of pork. This development adds to the pressure the Chinese are feeling, still embroiled in a trade dispute with the US which has their nation's government weighing its options. Thus far, over 50,000 hogs have been culled to prevent further potential spread of the disease. According to a new report from CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division, the threat of a more widespread virus and disturbance in the world's pork supply chain due to trade disruptions is expected to drive prices higher with potential benefits for the global protein sector. Early impacts are already being seen with a 25 percent hike in China's hog prices since July. Meanwhile, the escalating trade dispute with the US has limited China's import options.

CoBank estimates that more than 70 percent of China's hog production is being affected by the larger quarantine and hog movement restrictions in China. Will Sawyer, lead animal protein economist with CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division stated that this outbreak of ASF may be the event that helps bring U.S. pork supply and demand back into balance."

"The real opportunity here is for U.S. producers is to capitalize on reduced global competition in pork," said Sawyer. "Pork producers could potentially climb back to breakeven and maybe to positive territory next year, but it will largely depend on how the ASF story unfolds in China."

To see a brief video synopsis of the report, or to read the full report, click here.

Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, issued a statement yesterday, expressing his support for President Trump who signed into law the Support for Patients and Communities Act, a measure that promises help in the fight against drug addiction.

Opioids have quietly plagued rural America for years. In cooperation with the National Farmers Union, AFBF has helped bring this epidemic to light in recent campaign highlighting addiction's grip on rural communities nationwide In his statement, Duvall addressed that fact head-on, remarking that, "rural America is showing some of the highest rates of opioid addiction anywhere."

According to Duvall, a record 72,000 lives were lost to overdoses in 2017. He claims that the President's action will make it easier for Medicaid patients to seek and receive the treatment they need to overcome drug addiction by increasing the policing of the mail that accounts for much of the opioid trade. The measure will also increase grant funding to fight addiction in rural communities. 

Read Duvall's complete statement penned on behalf of AFBF and its members, by clicking here.

During September, the Beef Checkoff funded a webinar on one of the biggest trends in food service - new beef cuts. The webinar was a collaboration between chefs from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, a contractor for the Beef Checkoff, and the Research Chefs Association. Heather Buckmaster, executive director of the Oklahoma Beef Council, joined us this week for our latest installment in our Checking In on the Beef Checkoff series to talk about the Checkoff's recent work with the RCA.

"The Research Chefs Association is a leading professional community for food research and development. What you need to know about them is they influence menu decisions every single day with consumers," Buckmaster explained. "From the Sirloin Bavette to the Petite Tender and the Coulotte and the Tri-Tip - restaurants are branching out beyond traditional middle meats to give consumers new beef dishes to choose from. The initial research in this area, in fact, was funded through the Beef Checkoff. That research yielded some of the first cuts now seen on menus in restaurants like the popular Flat Iron Steak."

To learn more about this collaboration, click here to hear our complete conversation.

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One newly formed company is continuing the tradition of supporting the National FFA Organization and its members set forth in prior years by its legacy companies - DuPont Crop Protection, DOW Agrisciences and Pioneer Seed - which have all merged to form what is now known as Corteva Agrisciences. The company is in Indianapolis this week to interact with FFA members and to demonstrate its investment in the ag industry's future leaders. We had the chance to speak with Susanne Wasson, a woman who not only oversees Corteva's Crop Protection Division, but also serves as Chairman for the National FFA Foundation's Sponsor Board.

"We have been proud sponsors for a lot of years with our legacy companies and will continue with Corteva," said Susanne Wasson, president of Corteva's Crop Protection Business Platform. "Right now, we have a shortage of agricultural workers to fill all the open jobs we have in the industry. Meeting with FFA students and explaining to them the opportunities - there are over 250 careers that they can have in agriculture - we want to bring students into agriculture as an industry and this is a great opportunity to do that."
Corteva recently launched its newest innovation on the global marketplace, Rinskor, which has earned the company its sixth Green Chemistry Award. Wasson says Rinskor is one example of the collaboration that Corteva has fostered among all its agriscience properties and assures there's many more coming through the company's pipeline of innovation.

To learn more about Corteva, Rinskor or the company's relationship with the National FFA Organization, click here.

Special thanks to our Convention Coverage Sponsors at ITC - Your Energy Super Highway and the Oklahoma FFA and Oklahoma FFA Alumni Associations.

R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard Weighs in on Group's Alleged Ties to Humane Society of the US

Bill Bullard is the long-time CEO of R-CALF USA and he is not happy with some of the media coverage R-CALF has received from publications like Drover's, which has made past claims that the organization has ties to the Humane Society of the United States. In no uncertain terms, Bullard responded to that claim in a recent interview.

"We've taken some pretty aggressive steps to initiate fundamental reforms for our industry. Many that oppose our efforts have taken great exception into the work that we have done and rather than focus on the merits of the issues - instead they want to marginalize us claiming that we work with the HSUS," Bullard said, adding. "We certainly do not work with that organization."

The claim, Bullard explains, stems from the organization's retention of lawyers that litigate on the group's behalf. The significance of that is the fact that these same lawyers have represented and worked before under the direction of HSUS. Bullard continues that this fact is completely isolated from any assumptions being made about the nature of this relationship. He says these lawyers were sought out specifically for their unique expertise in Constitutional law to help fight for the causes supported by the organization's members. However, further claims have been made linking R-CALF to HSUS through its collaboration with the known HSUS supporter group, the Organization for Competitive Markets.

"That group did in fact join HSUS and they invited us to join with them," Bullard remembered. "We said absolutely not. We would not work with the HSUS and yet we recognize that they do. We do not have a working relationship with them, but we do work on some of the same issues from time to time and will stand together on those issues. But, because they do work with HSUS, we maintain an arm's length from that organization."

Listen to more of Bullard's remarks about the organization's alleged ties to HSUS on yesterday's Beef Buzz, here or click here to listen to my complete conversation with the CEO of R-CALF USA.

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Seven Chad Ellis with Noble Research Institute Among Those Appointed by Sec. Perdue to USDA's NAREEE Advisory Board

In an announcement, Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue appointed 10 distinguished professionals to serve as members of the USDA's National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. According to Perdue, the members of this board will help ensure that the USDA's work is based in facts, driven by data, and focused on the customer through what he called their invaluable real-world knowledge and expertise.

Among those named was Chad Ellis with the Noble Research Institute. Also named was  Dr. Jayson Lusk, former OSU faculty member and currently Department Head in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University.

The NAREEE Board regularly advises the Secretary and land-grant colleges and universities on top national priorities and policies related to food and agricultural research, education, extension, and economics. Board members also perform an annual review of the relevance of the research, education, economics, and extension programs at USDA and the adequacy of funding for those programs. The 10 appointees announced today will serve three-year terms that expire September 30.

Click here to read more about Chad's appointment and the board he'll be serving on.
AgIssuesFFAFrom Indy- Kingfisher Ag Issues Team in Final Four- and More Bits and Pieces

The Ag Issues Team from Kingfisher FFA has advanced into the national Final Four- and they will compete this afternoon for a national championship here at the 2018 National FFA Convention. 

Also advancing yesterday was Emily Kennedy of Edmond FFA- Emily is competing this year in the Employment Skills Contest- she is now in the final 12 in that event.

Tonight- the Stars Over America celebration will be happening- and Oklahoma has two of the top 16 FFA members in the country in the four categories- Adrienne Blakey of Stillwater in Agriscience and Brady Womack of Morris in Agribusiness. 

There's a lot of contests being judged today- including the more than forty proficiency awards- Oklahoma has 21 finalists in this area- Proficiency Contests are the best of the best Ag Enterprise programs in the United States- and Oklahoma, along with Georgia and Wisconsin are usually at the top of the heap when it comes to  the number of finalists and then National Champions.

Friday morning- retired Executive Secretary Kent Boggs will be back at the National Convention as he receives the VIP Citation from the National FFA- and five adult supporters of the FFA will receive the Honorary American Degree- Jamey Allen, Thad Doye, Dr. Jerry Fitch, John Grunewald and Allen Miller.

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